Man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge is now a father

Man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge is now a father

Man who inspired the Ice Bucket Challenge is now a father

Written by Bella Dalima

02 Sep, 2014 | 4:00 pm

The 29-year old man who inspired the world to raise millions of dollars for ALS research through the Ice Bucket Challenge now faces a different kind of challenge: parenthood.

Pete Frates and wife Julie Frates welcomed the birth of a 7 pound, 8 ounce baby girl named Lucy Fitzgerald Frates on Sunday morning, according to Boston television station.

The new parents made the announcement on their Facebook page.

Pete Frates is an athlete from Massachusetts who has devoted his life to raising awareness about ALS after he was diagnosed with the disease in 2012. Frates inspired the now-viral Ice Bucket Challenge when he dared several of his friends to do it earlier this year.

The campaign soon gained traction on social media, and thousands of people — including dozens of celebrities — have taken the challenge, and donated to the cause.

Pete Frates lost mobility in his arms and legs due to ALS, and in July, he used an eye-tracking device to write a column for the Bleacher Report detailing his fight against the disease. In the story, Frates mentioned the upcoming birth of his child.

ALS is an incurable disease that affects between 12,000 and 15,000 people in the U.S., according to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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